Enchanted by MassageLuXe in Willowbrook!
It was on to our next destination. It was seriously difficult leaving Missouri behind, especially the city of Osage Beach which will always be on my ‘top ten’ list for places to retire.
So back in the car we went for a six hour drive, which seemed like a breeze considering the trip we made from my hometown to the first spot on our journey, Virginia Beach. But, of course, when I look back on that first ‘leg’ finding MassageLuXe made that extremely heated trip with balmy temperatures of 105 degrees outside the window, completely worth it!
Shelby and Reuben were happy heading into the great state of Illinois and soon we found ourselves in DuPage County in the city of Willowbrook – a truly enchanting place that everyone should visit.
Coming to Willowbrook was a huge history lesson for me, which is – of course – my very favorite subject. In 1959, a homeowners group called the Ridgemoor Homeowners Association decided to incorporate as a village in order to be able to guide the development of the farmland which surrounded their homes. This is how and why Willowbrook came into being. And the name actually came from the fact that the attorney for the homeowners association called the president, Anton Borse, asking for a name for the new village. He looked out his window, saw the willow trees along the creek and ‘BOOM!’ Willowbrook was born and became one of the State’s smallest villages in 1960.
Now, even though we are talking about ‘small,’ the amazing location of Willowbrook and its accessibility to many regional destinations makes it a prime location for office and commercial companies including the amazing MassageLuXe!
We were amazed at the number of hotels and retail centers and loved the new ‘Willowbrook Town Center’ that they’ve built. Not only was this a fun and entertaining place to stay, but it also offered ten parks and a stunning forest preserve.
As our history lesson continued, Shelby and I had a ball learning all about a family named Peabody. The Mayslake Peabody Estate is actually part of the Mayslake Forest Preserve which once played home to the Potawatomi Indians. We were stunned by the 88 acres of natural resources that included everything from wetlands, lakes, and restored prairie land to a duo of small oak savannas, which is one of the region’s most endangered ecosystems.
The mansion was actually built between 1919 and 1921 as the retirement home for Francis Stuyvesant Peabody, a coal baron and well-known name in Democratic politics. After Mr. Peabody’s death in 1922, his heirs sold the estate to the Order of Friars Minor where the Franciscans used it as a retreat for 70 years. Thanks to citizens, historic preservation and open-space advocates, the estate was saved from demolition. (Thank goodness, because all of you should really see this). And The DuPage County Forest Preserve purchased the property in 1993. Even though the mansion is under restoration the public gets to see the amazing estate and actually witness the transformation this historic place is going through to return it to its original perfection.
I, of course, being the writer that I am, was already interested in Peabody because he was a true literary man, with a private library of over 200 books that included valuable titles such as a collection of original Robert Louis Stevenson manuscripts (letters, unpublished poems and an original manuscript for “The Amateur Emigrant was part of the collection that’s now at Yale University.)
Apparently, it was Peabody’s desire to have a country retreat. And in that day and age (America’s Gilded Age) it was a common thing for wealthy businessmen to have just that. ‘Country houses’ became all the rage, and this Tudor revival style that Peabody had built, truly shows what history was like and how well it should be protected.
Of course, it also helped that the architects hired for the job were the same ones who created and built the Blackstone Hotel in 1908. Their names? Marshall & Fox, who later brought together the well-known and beloved “Drake” in 1919.
Mayslake Hall is one of the few known surviving country estates, so it is truly something to drool over when you arrive in this neck of the woods.
Hmm…drool over, relaxation, a full day of learning and walking back through history… What could top all this?
Well, I did know something that could put a perfect ending to a perfect day and we ran – not walked – to the Willowbrook address I had in my pocket to see the beautiful ‘X’ on the MassageLuXe doors. I will never get over the earth tones and that truly beautiful turquoise coloring of the front room as the amazingly polite staff welcomes you in their doors. (Something tells me that if Peabody were still around he’d head straight through these doors after finalizing a big deal with a big ‘Gilded Age’ name in order to relax for the weekend.)
Beautiful is truly an adjective that fits when speaking about MassageLuXe and their incredible franchises located across the country that Shelby and I have visited along the way. The ambiance was so relaxing, and the staff just amazes me with each new visit. In fact, I have to tell you that I think MassageLuXe only searches for the nicest and most skilled employees to work in their franchises.
Walking in, Shelby and I once again received our choice of beverage and then met with the masseuse who then went on to give us a truly enjoyable Swedish massage. Working out all the ‘driving’ kinks, Shelby and I left their doors absolutely loving life.
Finding the perfect hotel, we stayed in Willowbrook to make sure that the very next evening we could go back to that stunning estate and be a part of one of their many events.
A unique town, exquisite scenery, kind people, the perfect MassageLuXe experience and Shakespeare Under the Stars. Is there more to life?
Until Next Time, Everybody,
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Willowbrook, IL 60527
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